Colorado Succeeds

Communications Fellow

Type of work: Internship
Location: Denver, CO
Date Posted: August 19th, 2013
Description:

Communications Fellowship

Colorado Succeeds is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of senior business leaders committed to transforming the state’s public education system. We believe that every student in Colorado deserves access to high-performing schools that prepare them to succeed in a competitive global economy. Our work provides the aggressive policy, advocacy and accountability supports necessary to make this ambitious goal a reality.

Communications Fellowship:
The fellow will gain skills in communication, marketing, and research while working closely with major stakeholders to impact state education policy. Responsibilities include:

1. Communications. As Colorado Succeeds grows and gains influence, we continue to search for opportunities to improve our external communications. A successful candidate should be knowledgeable of effective communications strategies and can write clearly and convincingly across a variety of platforms. Communications tasks will include assisting with revising and creating original communications and marketing content, as well as smaller day-to-day projects. The fellow will also be involved in Colorado Succeeds’ largest communications asset, Colorado School Grades, a website with more than half a million visits and five million page views as well as an extensive social media presence. Additional projects will focus on developing materials to distribute to current members, membership recruits, legislators, community partners, and a broader audience of stakeholders. The fellow will assist in regular communications through social media, email marketing, and website content.

2. Membership engagement. Colorado Succeeds is devoted exclusively to reforming K-12 education. One of the main ways in which we do this is through on-going engagement with our business members. This includes coordinating and promoting events, preparing email updates, and writing policy briefings. The fellow will have the opportunity to contribute to these various efforts.

3. Administrative duties. The Colorado Succeeds office is small, but busy. In addition to higher-level responsibilities, the fellow will be expected to answer phones, schedule appointments, reply to e-mail queries, and other duties as assigned.

Qualifications
- Passionate about improving Colorado’s public education system

- Strong communication (written and verbal) and critical thinking skills – able to express ideas in a logical, coherent manner to a variety of audiences

- Resourceful, intelligent, detail-oriented, and hard-working – able to apply creativity and thoughtfulness into projects with minimal guidance

- Self-starter that works well independently and in teams in an often fast-paced work environment

- Well versed in Facebook, Twitter, blog-style writing, and email marketing (e.g., Constant Contact, MailChimp)

- Knowledge of Salesforce CRM is preferred, but not required

- Knowledge of public policy, research, non-profit and business principles – experience in communications, marketing, public relations or relevant field is preferred

- Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree and be enrolled in a graduate program

Details
We are looking for someone who can commit to a minimum of 10 - 20 hours a week from September through December, with the option to continue for the rest of the school year. Schedule is flexible, within regular Monday — Friday, 8 am – 5 pm working hours with an expected start date in mid-August or early September 2013.

The fellowship is an unpaid position. However, upon successful completion fellows may earn academic credit as well as professional references for their work.

Please browse our website for more information about our organization. www.ColoradoSucceeds.org

How to apply:

To Apply
Interviews will be offered on a rolling basis, it is best to apply as soon as possible. Colorado Succeeds is an equal opportunity employer.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to:
Kristina Saccone, Vice President for Strategy & Communications, ksaccone@coloradosucceeds.org. Please write “Communications Fellow” in the subject line.

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